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Associated Press chides “archaic and sexist term” “mistress”, announces it will now use “lover” or “companion”

Associated Press chides “archaic and sexist term” “mistress”, announces it will now use “lover” or “companion”

Thank goodness for people of the internet who were more than happy to point the ridiculousness of the style change

The war on language rages on. And then attempt to normalize behaviors and relationships that destroy the family unit gets an assist from the AP.

The Associate Press, responsible for wire stories appearing in local press nationwide, announced they’d no longer use the term “mistress” and instead will use “lover” or “companion.” Because either of those is any better?

“Lover” and “companion” both gloss over the fact that the relationship is extramarital and make it sound super rosy and perfectly appropriate when in fact, it is not. Mistresses, side pieces, concubines, all fitting. And this is not France. Mmmkay?

But thank goodness for people of the internet who were more than happy to point the ridiculousness of the style change:


Also true:

But really, this:


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“Side Piece”? or just “Kamala”?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Frank G. | May 15, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    The AP is just so unsophisticated, n’est pas?

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Frank G. | May 15, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Mistress equals High class Ho, one with traits beyond just sex.

    Andy in reply to Frank G. | May 15, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Well mistress was confusing to the Dem readers. Pop culture associates the title to S&M, not infidelity.

    So while AP writers want to infer the home wrecker title, their readers presumed the subjects were into the freaky teaky.

    Dr. Ransom in reply to Frank G. | May 15, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    You nailed it. The AP is getting ready for VP candidate Kamala Harris with this move.

    Exiliado in reply to Frank G. | May 15, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    It would be kind of brilliant if “the kids” at reddit started a flood of kamala/mistress memes.

Lets just refer to them as “Graduates.”

You know, Graduates of the Velvet Jones School of Technology.

Liberals are especially good at changing language so it obfuscates the true meaning of words. It also then aides in changing the perceptions of history where the words were used.

Think of all the words we can no longer use because of what the left has done to our language. Think about how it causes you to react and think differently about those words being used.

It has the same basic goal as PC, which was used by Chairman Mao to effect thought police – self policing your thoughts to conform to his goals. Now you know why the left does crap like this.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to oldgoat36. | May 15, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    I’m old enough to remember when “hppy and gay” was redundant.

    I’m old enough to recall vibrators being parts of a car radio that failed frequently enough that they were easy to change out. Not something banned by the Alabama legislature.

    clintack in reply to oldgoat36. | May 15, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    They keep trying. It never works, but they keep thinking it will. (See: Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, strong version.)

This is a pre-emptive move to prevent the use of the term to describe Kamala if she becomes the VP candidate.

How about simply describing it an extramarital affair with X, insert name and gender identification and political office and affiliation if in government


d Senator John Smith was rumored to be involved in a long term extramarital affair with d Representative Sally Rottencrotch who identifies as a transgender unicorn. See photo page 2.

If not extramarital then lover with a political affiliation, office held and gender description would seem appropriate.

What term will they be using for men engaged in a long-term sexual relationship with, and financially supported by, a woman who is married to someone else?

Now do the rest of the 3,969 pairwise combinations of the 69 genders.

You can see why they’d want to collapse it all to a single term like “lover” — despite the ambiguity about the marital status of the lover’s lover.

2smartforlibs | May 15, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Apparatchik Press is the correct word for PC and propaganda.

I guess “adulterer” is too harsh for a loving relationship with an additional companion.

The AP sucks, plain and simple. Mistress! Deal with it.

Newspeak officially enters the msm. No more need for subversion. No more subtle pushes on the Overton Window. Just knock that thing out with a sledgehammer and be done with it. Words mean what the msm says they mean, and banned words will result in wrong-think penalties.

    rabidfox in reply to CKYoung. | May 17, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    I guess we’ll be seeing Face Book, Twitter and the like banning people for using the term ‘mistress’ from now on.

Is it off topic to ask if the democrats have anyone else who could replace Joe? Besides Willie’s whatever?

Old Goat: “Liberals are especially good at changing language so it obfuscates the true meaning of words. It also then aides in changing the perceptions of history where the words were used.”

Indeed. Consider what Stalin cunningly did to the term “Fascism” — a language substitute ploy used to distance his brand of socialism from non-Marxist brands –National Socialism for one; this hiding that the latter is leftist and socialist. Now a mere catch all ad hominem that leftists use against anyone that disagrees with them. Unfortunately even those on the right who should know better are starting to use the term. Orwell called it “meaningless” in 1945 in his “Politics and the English Language — quite an essay.

“Whore” is suitable and accurate.

Retard-not ( but I use it, it’s a perfect word imho)
Obama- anti-American American hating Muslim loving Islamic deep bend bower to King Abdullah- most certainly accurate

Why not just “paramour”? It has the added cache of sounding French.

Katy L. Stamper | May 15, 2020 at 7:36 pm

Those endeavoring to change our language do so for many reasons. One goal deliberately removes the flavor from our language:

“Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays.”
“Executor” to “Personal Representative.” Longer and less informative, in that a “PR” can be an executor or administrator under Georgia law. (Executor indicates a will was made, administrator means there was no will by a decedent.)
“Secretary” to “administrative assistant.” Longer and less helpful.

It has the other goal of removing tradition and custom. Unmooring us from tradition and custom separates us from our parents and grandparents and from our own history.

As noted above, it also dilutes the moral judgments inherent in a term.

It also helps the dysfunctional destroy the normal functions of the functional:

“Ms.” instead of “Miss” or Mrs.” Both uglier and destructive of the functioning of the normal male-female relationship. Since men are by the nature of human biology the pursuers, Miss and Mrs. inform a man whether a female is available to be pursued. By ditching them for Ms. a man no longer knows whether a woman is available. Very disvantageous for courting – which the left wishes to demolish anyway.

Another function is to slide in words from a dysfunctional part of society and have the functional party adopt it unknowing the actual implications:

“Breed” instead of “procreate.” The word “breed” in BDSM circles is meant to treat a person as an animal and thereby dehumanize and humiliate them, and rub their noses in being “lesser.”

“Tribute” instead of “respects” is another BDSM word which has been unwittingly picked up by mainstream Americans and especially the media when they are reporting on famous people’s deaths. In BDSM, “tribute” means you’re under a “dominant,” and you give them something to show they’re more worthy than you. Why we would “give tribute” to the dead, rather than our respects, is testament to how the left ruins — deliberately — everything they touch.

I could go on and on and on and on and on and on, but you get the drift.

    I lived in downtown SF in the early eighties and recall these little buttons with either BREEDER or NON-BREEDER printed on the face and distributed for free in the Castro/Noe Hill area and on Polk St.

      Katy L. Stamper in reply to Tiki. | May 15, 2020 at 7:55 pm

      Yeah, that’s another thing. As they mainstream some of their lingo, they then indulge in their fetishes in public.

      Like those ugly women that go out in a group, dressed in basically nothing, with words like “slut” written on themselves. That’s just a fetish being out in the open.

      It’s bizarre to see.

Katy L. Stamper | May 15, 2020 at 7:41 pm

I might note, it’s easier to get people to condemn something, if they are not part of it. If you can separate people from, for example, Christmas, it’s easier for them to condemn where it came from. They know of it, but they are not part of it.

Separate us from our past so we can be pressured or cajoled into disparaging it.

So “home wrecker” is no longer in vogue? Or “tootsie”?

Wow! The fake news syndicate can only do worthless politically correct BS and attack conservatives. They totally ignore all the crimes that the career Demoncrat politicians have committed for generations!

It reminds me of John Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth, after she learned about about Rielle Hunter. “Oh my, he has another companion.” Or words to that effect.

Screaming psycho woman: “Lover!!”

Deadpan cat: “Mistress.”

SeekingRationalThought | May 15, 2020 at 8:14 pm

I no longer read articles labels as coming from the AP. Not only are they insanely PC, their reporting is bad even if you ignore the bias. Facts are missing or wrong and the story selection has no connection with what anyone wishes to read. All in all, in intensely biased and inept organization best ignored by those wishing to be informed about their world.

Mister….Mistress……Mattress. In that order, top to bottom, no?

Approved: Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Not Approved: Sir Chatterley; Cuckold.

Approved: The Sun Also Rises.
Not-Approved: Brett’s Parisian Manstable; Bandy-legged At Dawn.

buckeyeminuteman | May 15, 2020 at 8:55 pm

Polygamy! Coming to a courthouse (and church) near you!

But we will absolutely use the terms Husband and Wife in same sex marriages as we see fit because shut up.

As a number of others have pointed out, this move by the AP is political battle space preparations to help out Democrats.

BTW: Several years ago the AP got all pissy and banned the term “illegal alien”. So in that spirit, were Hernán Cortés, Christopher Columbus, Francisco Pizarro, Pedro de Alvarado, and Francisco de Orellana unwelcome invaders (as modern academics claim), or merely hard-working undocumented immigrants seeking a better life in a new hemisphere?

Rex the Wonder Dog | May 15, 2020 at 10:29 pm

Kamla Harris is unavailable for comment.

Rex the Wonder Dog | May 15, 2020 at 10:31 pm

Willie Brown unavailable for comment.

Rex the Wonder Dog | May 15, 2020 at 10:34 pm

This will help ease the door open for Kamala Harris to be Biden’s VP pick. When he has to drop out due to “health issues,” all bet’s are off.

mistress (n.)

c. 1300, “female teacher, governess; supervisor of novices in a convent,” from Old French maistresse “mistress (lover); housekeeper; governess, female teacher” (Modern French maîtresse), fem. of maistre “master,” from Latin magister “chief, head, director, teacher” (see master (n.)).

Sense of “a woman who employs others or has authority over a household and servants” is from early 15c. Meaning “woman who has mastered an art or branch of study” is from mid-15c. Sense of “kept woman of a married man” is from early 15c. As a polite form of address to a woman, mid-15c. Meaning “woman who is beloved and courted, one who has command over a lover’s heart” is from c. 1500.

Master and commander. Mistress and commander?

The AP is anachronistic and Pro-Choice, selective, opportunistic, and politically congruent.

That said, stop playing their semantic games, submitting to their thought control, and have a gay old time. #HateLovesAbortion

Antifundamentalist | May 15, 2020 at 11:10 pm

Going from a very specific word with very specific cultural connotations to a set of words that are All more vague allows for more opportunities for obfuscation,confusion, and misunderstanding. I don’t believe this has all that much to do with being less misogynistic and everything to do with making the printing of lies easier.

As an editor for over 40 years, I can assure you that the AP Style Guide is now and has always PC toilet paper

Well at the Post Office the Post Master retired. He was replaced by the Post Lover?, Post Companion?, no… by the new Post Mistress!

Companion? Really? My dog is a companion. Companionship is not sexual. Lover is too generic. It doesn’t convey the extramarital aspect of the relationship. Mistress is the perfect word. You don’t F with perfection.

Our traditional Miss and Mrs. not only let a man know which women were available, but also helped him respect the integrity of someone else’s family.